How to Track an Important Order
August 31, 2015
The logistics industry has benefited greatly from the technological developments of the past couple of decades, enabling this sector to provide services in a more cost-effective manner. In addition to reducing the amount of time it takes to deliver goods, the ability to closely track packages and delivery personnel helps to ensure that logistics companies get the most out of their staff and infrastructure.
As a consumer who needs to make sure that a package arrives on time, it’s key to understand how to track the delivery of an important order.
At the Warehouse
The first step of keeping track of an important order happens at the facility which accepts the request. A warehouse or storage facility keeps close tabs on all inventory and monitors the activity of the pickers and packers who locate the item before packaging it to be sent away.
Most inventory are typically labelled with barcodes that can be scanned and linked into a logistics database that registers the status of the order. This allows the person making the order to see that the item isn’t stuck in warehouse limbo, but instead has been promptly prepared for delivery.
The computerized database can be set up to send automated messages to alert customers that an order has been fulfilled and is on the way to its destination.
Global Positioning System (GPS) technology has revolutionized the logistics industry as much as computerized inventory management. The ability to track the exact location of delivery vehicles, including cars, trucks, boats, and planes, down to specific coordinates allows for greater communication and collaboration between those who order and those who deliver items.
A series of satellites that orbit the earth communicate with GPS devices, linking them into computer systems that report their exact location. In addition to GPS, when a delivery involves multiple stops on the way to its destination, each individual stop can be recorded and monitored throughout the network of logistics storage facilities.
The best way to track an important order is through the combination of local inventory tracking and monitoring of delivery vehicles through GPS systems. During each step of the process, you’re able to confirm the departure and arrival of the package through various logistics facilities, even confirming the exact coordinates of the item regardless of where it’s located around the world.
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At Power Link Expedite, we help businesses achieve their needs through our state-of-the-art technology, experienced drivers, and high-quality customer service. For over 15 years, we have shipped items large and small across the GTA, Canada, and to the U.S.